Our pre-college programs are designed to be immersive, meaning that a student’s experience extends far outside of the classroom. Pre-college scholars are considered registered UC Santa Barbara students during the summer session, allowing access to a number of resources and amenities that support a transformative experience.
Commuter Option: A commuter student travels to campus daily by car or public transportation from as far north as Lompoc and as far south as Ventura. This option is available to local and non-local students who choose to live in Santa Barbara with family for the summer. Commuter students will participate in on-campus social activities.
Residential Option: A very important component of the pre-college experience is life outside the classroom—living and learning with others. A residential student lives on campus under the supervision of Summer Discovery who provides a suite of activities that foster the development of friendships with students of various cultures, lifestyles, and beliefs.